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EACS veteran bound for FWCS

33-year educator hired as high school area director

– A top central office administrator who spent 33 years in East Allen County Schools will leave the district to accept a director position with Fort Wayne Community Schools.

The FWCS board Monday approved the appointment of Chris Hissong as high school area director. Hissong will begin the job July 1. He will work under High School Area Administrator Faye Williams-Robbins to help oversee and support high schools in the district.

Hissong began his career in education in 1980 as a physical education teacher at Paul Harding High School. After 10 years, he became an assistant principal, and in 1994 he took a job as principal of Heritage Junior-Senior High School. Since 2010, Hissong was executive director for school management for EACS. His last day in East Allen will be June 30.

Also in the personnel report was the appointment of Tim Bobay as the principal of Study Elementary School. Bobay has been the Bloomingdale Elementary principal since 2010. He has worked in the district as a building administrator since 2006. At Study, Bobay will replace former Principal Brandon White, who is moving to fill the principal vacancy at Haley Elementary.

Also Monday, the board approved a bid for construction at Towles Intermediate School this summer that will ready the school for its new magnet program.

The New Tech magnet program will begin for seventh- and eighth-graders in the fall.

Students in those grades were previously taught the Montessori curriculum, an approach to education that emphasizes hands-on learning, independence and students learning at their own pace. The district has altered the program to align with the New Tech Academy housed in Wayne High School, the high school that Towles students will now feed into.

The board accepted a bid from E&V Construction, a Fort Wayne firm, for about $140,000 in renovations to the school including moving computer labs and electrical wiring.

Also, firm will add office space, a reception area and teacher meeting space, said Darren Hess, director of facilities.

The district chose not to move forward with installing air conditioning in the second-floor corridor of the school to save money, Hess said. The construction is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 1.

Elementary Area Administrator Pam Musick, who oversees the Towles program, said that all six teachers who will staff the new magnet program have been hired from within the district. The teachers completed some training last month, and this month will be attending a weeklong training in Michigan on the New Tech program, which uses one-to-one computing technology and uses a project- or problem-based curriculum.

Teachers who were teaching in the Montessori program went through the district’s surplus process, a standard procedure when the district changes a program that guarantees the teachers a position somewhere in the district if they didn’t get or weren’t interested in the positions in the new program, FWCS spokewoman Krista Stockman said. It’s also possible that teachers resigned instead of reapplying for another job in the district, Stockman said.